Woodstock Family Life 11-16

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November 2016

Volume 4 | Issue 4



On the Cover:

Art Jewelers


Pay It Forward


Holiday Gift Guide

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.......................... Perspective .............................. Calendar ....................... Business Life ................ Woodstock Minute ........................ Book Review ............................ Quotables ................... Senator Speaks ............... Community Partner ......................... Taste of Life ......................... Artist Profile ......... Main Street Woodstock .................... Ribbon Cuttings

Publisher’s Perspective

PUBLISHER/PHOTOGRAPHER Jack Tuszynski Jack@FamilyLifePublications.com EDITORIAL Julie Senger Julie@FamilyLifePublications.com

There are wars where we can help provide victory if given the motivational wages needed to be a catalyst for our actions to

Particularly during the holidays, a season of thanks, of forgiveness, companionship and love, we should embrace beyond the physical arms of those we care about. Hold the person, and cherish their spirit. Join them beyond the tradition of the holiday. Caring is good on the eyes; however, really loving is nourishing of the heart and of the soul.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Steven Anderson, Atlanta Hand Specialist, Sen. Brandon Beach, Kyle Bennett, Heather Blevins, Paul Bodrogi, Rick Cheney, Cobb EMC, Rajayne Cordery, Andrea Cottos, Jyl Craven, Natalie del Valle, Arlene Dickerson, Joshua Fuder, Corey Harkins, Lisa-Marie Haygood, Cameron Johnson, James E. Leake, Kelly Marulanda, Robbie Matiak, Jeff Moon, John Moore, Tim Morris, Anthony Musarra, Vishant Nath, Michael Petrosky, William Thrasher, Farris Yawn

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FamilyLifePublications.com Family Life publications have the largest monthly circulation of direct-mailed community magazines in our area. Woodstock Family Life is a monthly community magazine with a total print count of 25,000, direct mailing over 23,000 copies to Towne Lake, downtown Woodstock up to Hickory Flat and toward the Roswell border. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists and submissions are not necessarily those of the editor/publisher, and the publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Woodstock Family Life magazine is not responsible for errors and omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher.

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We may see people struggle, falling short of personal expectations, or we can choose to see those same individuals as fighters who are making a difference on their quest and their individual pursuits of happiness. Just as there is little appreciation for light without darkness, there are not many winners where there are no battles waged.

get us in gear and up to the front lines. For instance, we could help a loved one battling Parkinson’s disease, cancer, old age, recovery or something else we could only imagine, without any knowledge of how it must feel to deal with something so life changing. We are all challenged, and sometimes, it seems we are challenged on a daily basis, but then something really heavy hits, which puts things in perspective. Remembering, encouraging and understanding the plight of others, while trying to imagine what it may be like to walk in their shoes, may make us more thankful for our own blessings.

SALES Janet Ponichtera Janet@FamilyLifePublications.com

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here are many people who I’m proud of that I have never even met. It’s good to feel that way, and it works. To find the best in people who you admire from afar is a wonderful quality in our society, especially as it stands today. All too often, we may become overwhelmed with the negativity that is so pervasive that we fail to realize that our focus has wavered from the greater good that exists in so much of our surroundings, in people, our community and our lives.

Laurie Litke Laurie@FamilyLifePublications.com


Someone to be Thankful for

ART Candice Williams Candice@FamilyLifePublications.com





Veterans Day Celebration Honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Join the City of Woodstock, the Marine Corps League, the American Legion and Warriors Watch Riders to celebrate our veterans who have given us our liberty and freedom. 7:00-9:00 pm, the Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. 770-5176788. VisitWoodstockGa.com


Turkey Swim Competition Turkey swim is a fun, friendly competition between lap swimmers, to see who can swim the farthest during the month of November! A log is maintained at the lifeguard station! There is no cost for participating, but if you swim the most, you will win an adult annual pass to the Aquatic Center! Monday-Friday 6:00 am-8:00 pm, Saturday 7:30 am-6:00 pm and Sunday 1:00-4:00 pm, Cherokee County Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760. CRPA.net


Portraits of Hope Celebrates National Adoption Month — Adopting a child from foster care is a great way to help a child while growing your family. Come view portraits, and learn more information about the Cherokee County children awaiting adoption into a loving family. 4:00-7:00 pm, The Children’s Haven, 1083 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-3274. CherokeeChildrensHaven.org Dec



Members Holiday Art Show — The holidays are quickly approaching, and there is no better time to pick out some gifts for your loved ones. There will be a wide variety of artwork and crafts for sale, and all pieces will be under $100. Tuesday-Friday 11:00 am-5:00 pm, Saturday 12:00-5:00 pm, Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton. 770-704-6244. CherokeeArts.org


#RockYourHolidays: Marketing Campaigns for the Holiday Season Simple strategies will be provided to help grow your business. Whether you have a retail shop, provide a specialized service, work business-to-business, or have a nonprofit in need of outreach, this workshop will provide simple, practical tips for closing out 2016 on a high note. 8:30-10:30 am, Cherokee Chamber of Commerce terrace level, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com


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Parent’s Night Out — Drop off your kids at the Aquatic Center for a night of fun, for all of you! This is for ages 5+. Registration is required; space is limited. 5:30-10:00 pm, Cherokee County Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-8804760. CRPA.net


Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. — In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. Friday/Saturday 7:30 pm and Sunday 2:00 pm, City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock. 678-494-4251. ElmStreetArts.com


The Cherokee Music Teachers Association Meeting and Annual Masterclass — The masterclass will allow five students, chosen by audition, to perform and receive coaching by a guest clinician, Dr. Joe Chapman of North Georgia College. All

those interested in CMTA are invited to attend. All CMTA programs and events are free and open to the public. 9:00 am, Falany Performing Arts Center, 770-7201701. Linda@Lokey.net


Grand Opening Concert at Woodstock’s New Outdoor Amphitheater: Mark Wills — The new facility features multiple grass terraces and a large main lawn to accommodate an audience of over 7,500. The bandshell includes public restrooms that will also serve the Park at City Center yearround. The Thomas Fountain Band will open for Mark Wills. 7:30 pm, Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater, downtown Woodstock. 770-517-6788. WoodstockConcertSeries.com


20th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes — This tour will feature seven stunning homes in the downtown Woodstock area. All proceeds benefit the Volunteer Aging Council, Next Step Ministries, Serenade Heights and Georgia Canines for Independence. Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Sunday 12:00-5:00 pm. 770-592-3535. JSLWoodstock.org/fundraisers/home-tour/


Power Hour — Come for an hour of fast-paced networking with fellow business leaders as well as the

Chamber Chairman of the Board Steve Garrison, Jr., and Chamber President/CEO Pam Carnes. Before the hour ends, you will have a chance to share about your business or organization for all to hear. 10:00 am, Chamber Board Room, 3605 Marietta Highway, Canton. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com

Cherokee County Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678880-4760. CRPA.net


Business After Hours There’s no charge to attend this networking opportunity! 4:30-6:00 pm, Chattahoochee Technical College, 8371 Main Street, Woodstock. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com


Black Friday Sale — This occurs once a year and offers 25% off swim lessons for the December-February swim lesson sessions. Use discount code: BLACKFRIDAY. 9:00 am-9:00 pm,


Once Upon a Dive-In Movie Come to the Aquatic Center for a night filled with floating and movie fun. Floats will be available for use, or you can bring your own noodle or clear inner tube. 6:00 pm, Cherokee County Aquatic Center, 1200 Gresham Mill Parkway, Holly Springs. 678-880-4760. CRPA.net



Good Morning Cherokee Breakfast The Chamber’s monthly breakfast meetings offer both current and future Chamber members the opportunity to conduct business and network with more than 200 fellow business leaders. Please RSVP by 3:00 pm, November 29th. 7:00 am, Northside HospitalCherokee Conference Center, Cherokee County Administration Building, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton. 770-345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com


Santa Mail — Drop off letters to Santa! Santa’s Mailbox will be located in the Gazebo continued on


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Library Events

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SequoyahRegionalLibrary.org Hickory Flat 2740 East Cherokee Drive, Canton, 770-345-7565 Rose creek 4476 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock, 770-591-1491 Woodstock 7735 Main Street, Woodstock, 770-926-5859

Dinovember November 8, 4:00-5:00 pm, Hickory Flat Make your choice of a dinosaur-inspired craft; play dinosaur-themed games, and bring home your very own dinosaur fossil. There will be activities for all ages. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Mystery Bag Challenge November 9, 4:00-5:00 pm, Rose Creek Take on this mysterious STEAM challenge! You’ll be given a bag with miscellaneous items. Complete the challenge by building and creating devices such as bridges, catapults and more! This is for ages 9-12; registration is required. Local Author November 10, 2:00 pm, Rose Creek Come meet local author Polly Craig and discuss her novel, A Medal for Dr. Mary. Dr. Mary, was a Civil War surgeon, spy and the only woman to ever receive the Medal of Honor. We will learn how the book was researched, and see some pictures and other items that once belonged to Dr. Mary. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Teen Iron Chef Competition November 10, 6:00 pm, Woodstock Create your own Thanksgiving feast to enjoy and to be judged — the only catch? You must include Snoopy’s Thanksgiving feast ingredients from the holiday television special! This is for 6th-12th graders. Inklings — Writer’s Critique Group November 12, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, Woodstock Individuals interested in starting a new group to support their writings are invited to attend. Meetings are the second Saturday of the month. Teens Art Attack November 14, 6:00-7:00 pm, Hickory Flat Add a personal touch to existing artwork to make your own wild creation. No artistic skills are required! This is for 6th-12th graders. Book Discussion Group November 15, 12:00 pm, Woodstock Enjoy coffee, conversation and a book discussion with


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new friends. Everyone is welcome; new members are encouraged. The title for November is The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah. American Girl Club November 18, 4:30 pm, Woodstock Children ages 7-12 may bring one of their American Girl dolls to a show-and-tell. There will also be a Victorian era game and craft making. International Game Day November 19, 2:00-4:00 pm, Hickory Flat Play life-sized versions of family-favorite board games including Clue, Connect Four and Jenga. All ages are welcome. Children under 9 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Pokémon Adventure November 21, 3:00-4:00 pm, Woodstock All ages are welcome to join in on a Pokémon scavenger hunt, a Pokémon themed game and trivia. Children may also bring their card collections if they would like to play Pokémon. Pinterest Night November 22, 6:00-7:45 pm, Woodstock Bring in the holiday season by making glittering Christmas tree ornaments! These fun little trees add sparkle to any tree, table top or festive display! This event is limited to 12 participants, first-come, first-served. Moves & Grooves November 22, 10:30 am, Rose Creek Come join GO NOODLE to get moving! Bust out your boogie shoes, and dance along with our scarves, maracas and more! All ages are welcome; kids under 9 must have adult supervision. Candy Cane Wreath November 30, 6:00 pm, Hickory Flat Come make a delicious candy cane wreath! Candy canes will be provided. You may bring a hot glue gun and anything to embellish your wreath. Space is limited. Call to register.

at the Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. 770-592-6000. WoodstockGa.gov


Members Holiday Art Show Reception — Come out to welcome the next exhibit in the Arts Center Gallery! There will be a variety of artwork for sale, just in time for everyone to grab a few holiday presents. Light refreshments will be served. 6:00-8:00 pm, Cherokee Arts Center, 94 North Street, Canton. 770-7046244. CherokeeArts.org


Friday Night Live: Christmas in Downtown — Spend the first Friday of every month in downtown Woodstock, and enjoy the many restaurants and stores that the area has to offer, as the downtown merchants stay open late. 6:009:00 pm, downtown Woodstock. 770-5926056. DowntownWoodstock.org


Community Christmas Tree LightingHistoric Train Depot — Bundle up, and celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with this annual tree lighting. Songs of the season will be heard from local talent. Join the City of Holly Springs for light refreshments following the tree lighting. 6:30-7:30 pm, Historic Train Depot, downtown Holly Springs. 770345-5536. HollySpringsGa.us


City of Holly Springs Christmas Parade — The parade marches through downtown Holly Springs on Holly Springs Parkway and ends at the train depot. After the parade, visit with Santa, and receive a complimentary photo. Outside the depot, enjoy entertainment, hot cocoa, treats, and participate in a children’s craft. 1:30


pm, downtown Holly Springs. 770345-5536. HollySpringsGa.us


14th Annual Reindeer 5k and Fun Run — Run for the children! Funds raised during this event provide for necessities like clothing, eyeglasses and utilities, while also supporting camps, scholarships and much more. Packet pickup begins at 7:00 am, Fun Run is at 8:00 am, and the 5k begins at 8:30 am, Etowah River Park, 600 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton. Active.com/canton-ga/running/distancerunning-races/14th-annual-reindeer-run5k-and-fun-run-2016?int


20th Annual Christmas Jubilee and Parade of Lights — Following the parade, there will be food vendors, Santa, the Park and Christmas tree lighting, marshmallow roast/s’mores, a DJ, free moonwalk and other kids’ activities! 5:30 pm, The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. 770-592-6000 x1952. WoodstockGa.gov


A Christmas Carol — Elm Street provides a FREE performance of this classic Christmas tale! 2:00 pm, City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main Street, Woodstock. 678-494-4251. ElmStreetArts.org


Canes & Cocoa — Bundle up the family, and come out for the 6th annual event at the Valley at J.J. Biello Park. Children ages 1-9 are sent to hunt for candy canes on the field and small and large playgrounds. The children will be separated into different age groups. Following the hunt, families can enjoy hot cocoa and holiday snacks in the pavilion and “sleigh” rides on the tractor. You never know what special guests may appear! Don’t miss out on this fun event! Preregistration required due to limited space. Cost is $5 per child. 10:00 am, J.J. Biello Park, 175 Brooke Boulevard, Woodstock. 770-924-7768. CRPA.net

Celebration of Lights — Each year, Northside Hospital honors those affected by cancer with the lighting of giant Christmas trees atop its campuses in Atlanta, Alpharetta and Cumming, and this year, Northside is excited to hold a community celebration at its new hospital in Cherokee as well. This annual holiday tradition brings together thousands of families and includes entertainment from local schools and groups, photos with Santa Claus and many other activities for the kids. The event is free, with lots of treats, crafts and fun to be had by all. 6:00-8:00 pm, Northside Hospital Cherokee, 201 Hospital Road, Canton. 770-667-4483. Give.Northside.com/lights


Business After Hours — There’s no charge to attend this networking opportunity! 4:30-6:00 pm, Hasty Pope, LLP, 211 East Main Street, Canton. 770345-0400. CherokeeChamber.com

Holiday Church Listings on page




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Church Listings Canton First United Methodist Church 930 Lower Scott Mill Road, Canton, 770-877-2601, CantonFirstUMC.org

November 24 11:30 am-1:30 pm

Cherokee Thanksgiving This annual event provides meals to over 2000 people in need each year in Cherokee and Pickens County. Rides to the church can be arranged by calling 678-296-7297, or please call 770-877-2601 about meal delivery.

First Baptist Church Woodstock

December 9th at 8pm, December 10th at 6pm, and December 11th at 3pm

Atlanta Christmas Musical Witness the Christmas story like never before as you enjoy this original Broadway-style production. This year’s performance will include a cast and crew of over 500 people with an 80 piece orchestra and a 250 voice choir.


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Business The Cherokee

County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Melissa Madigan with BB&T has been named the Chairman’s Council Volunteer of the Quarter for the

Cherokee Emergency Veterinary Clinic recently

third quarter in 2016.

celebrated its ten-year anniversary! They are a highly dedicated

Members of the

group of professionals who have worked together to achieve

Chairman’s Council are

excellence for their clients, patients and profession. They

accepted by invitation

attribute their success to their exceptional staff and the

only from the Chamber’s

extensive services they offer their patients.

Chairman of the Board.

The comfort and welfare of your pet is their primary concern.

In determining the Volunteer of the Quarter, attendance at

Cherokee Emergency Veterinary Clinic is open from 4:00 pm

Chamber events is evaluated for all members of the Chairman’s

to 9:00 am on weekdays and 24 hours on weekends and

Council. “Melissa is a dedicated Chamber volunteer, and we

holidays. They accept referrals and walk-ins during business

appreciate the countless hours of service she has provided this

hours. They are located at 7800 GA-92, Woodstock. For more

year,” said Steve Garrison, Chamber Chairman and Owner of

information, call 678-238-0700, or visit CobbEVC.com.

Canton Tire & Wheel.


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Left to right: Chamber Volunteer of the Quarter, Melissa Madigan with BB&T, receiving her award from Chamber Chairman Steve Garrison, Owner of Canton Tire & Wheel.

Leadership Cherokee, a program of the

Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, recently graduated its 28th Anniversary Class. Cristal Stancil Leadership Award honorees

Members of the Leadership Cherokee Class of 2016 selected

three of their peers to receive special annual recognitions. The Cristal Stancil Leadership Award honorees were Shannon Gibbs of Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services and Michael Zenchuk, Mayor Pro-Tem of the City of Holly Springs. The Bob Frongillo Magic Spark Plug Award was presented to Jack Tuszynski of Family Life Publications. Outgoing 2016 Leadership Cherokee Chair Katie Wise, of LGE Community Credit Union, was recognized by Incoming Chair Heath Tippens with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development. Over the course of the nine-month period, Leadership Cherokee exposed the group of existing and emerging leaders to a broad range of sessions that focused on topics such as economic development, infrastructure, government, justice, arts, education, recreation, tourism, public safety, healthcare and social/human services.

The Cherokee

County Chamber of Commerce

recently announced that seven members have been elected to the organization’s Board of Directors. These volunteers will serve three-year terms, beginning in January 2017 and continuing through December 2019. The newly elected members include: Zach Blend, Goshen Valley Foundation; Kelly Geiken, Edward Jones; Mark Goddard, Cobb EMC; Vic Knight, Waste Management; Kathy Lambert, Chart, Inc.; Janet Read, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Brian Stevens, FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers.



Woodstock Minute

Come Thank Our Veterans and Celebrate Our New Amphitheater! By Jeff Moon


he month of November is a time of giving thanks. It is also a time to recognize and remember our veterans on Veterans’ Day. This November is also a time to celebrate the grand opening of downtown Woodstock’s new music amphitheater. As a way to show our gratitude to our servicemen and servicewomen, Woodstock will host a candlelight vigil, and then, the grand opening of the amphitheater will serve as a salute to our veterans. The annual Veterans’ Day ceremony will take place on Friday, November 11, 2016, at 7:00 pm. Partners in this year’s candlelight vigil include: M. Gen. Warren R. Johnson of Marine Corps League Detachment #1311, American Legion Post 316 and Wounded Watch Riders. Come to the Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, and help to honor those who fought for our freedoms.


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Citizens are invited to bring dirty, torn and retired flags that are unfit to fly, so that they may be placed in collection boxes that will be located in the parking lot of the Woodstock Senior Center (223 Arnold Mill Rd.) and next to the Memorial in the Park at City Center, so they can be properly disposed. Then, north Georgia’s newest outdoor music venue, located in the Park at City Center in downtown Woodstock, will host its first concert on Saturday, November 12, where City officials will cut the ribbon for its grand opening prior to the start of the show. The amphitheater’s first concert will be performed by country music artist and Woodstock resident Mark Wills that night. The concert is free! The Thomas Fountain Band will open the show beginning at 6:00 pm. The new facility features multiple grass terraces and a large main “lawn” to

accommodate an audience of over 7,500. The band-shell includes public restrooms that will serve the Park at City Center yearround. Veterans’ Day weekend in the City of Woodstock will be one for the history books. Join us in making history while also giving thanks to and honoring our veterans for their service and selfless sacrifice. For more information on these events, please visit WoodstockGa.gov.

Jeff Moon is the city manager for the City of Woodstock. 770-592-6000, ext. 1004. JMoon@WoodstockGa.gov

Main Street Gives 2016 Supporting Shop with a Hero The holidays are a time of festivities, fun and family. They are also a time of giving. Main Street Gives is looking to support more than 100 children during the holiday season by helping provide gifts for children in need. You can help by joining downtown Woodstock businesses and fellow community members in supporting Main Street Gives during Shop with a Hero. Shop with a Hero is an annual program that pairs children in need with Woodstock Fire and Police officers. The officers spend an evening shopping with the children and helping them choose holiday gifts. You can support one child for $75, but any amount is appreciated. The annual event aids families in the Woodstock community. Local Woodstock Police and Fire Departments, in partnership with the Woodstock Public Safety Foundation, are in charge of Shop with a Hero, and they welcome the goal of helping 100 children.

Community Feature

“The smiles on the children’s faces as we shop are worth so much,” said George Williams, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Woodstock Fire Department. “They spend so much time and care choosing their gifts. It means so much to them.” Often times, the children chose to spend money on their siblings and parents instead of just themselves. “This is exactly why we support this program,” said Williams. To make a donation, you may make checks payable to the Woodstock Public Safety Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit. Write Main Street Gives/Shop with a Hero in the memo line. You may mail or drop off donations at The Premier Group, 8604 Main Street, Woodstock, GA 30188. For questions, call 678-494-0102. Photos courtesy of Darleen Prem Photography

Melanie Tugman! Congratulations to our October “7 Differences” winner, Joyce McMichael!



Community Feature City of Woodstock’s New Amphitheater Named The new Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater will be home to the Woodstock Summer Concert Series and a variety of other year-round concerts and special events. The Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater features multiple terraces and a large lawn seating area for optimal viewing angles. The facility includes a Concessions and Hospitality Plaza and additional areas for food vendors. The Band Stand will feature public restrooms and support facilities for concerts and events. The official ribbon cutting and first concert at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater will be held on November 12, when country music recording artist Mark Wills and Thomas Fountain perform.

Preservation Woodstock’s Barbara G. Ingram Citizen of the Year Award

Woodstock native, Smith L. Johnston III, has been chosen by Preservation Woodstock, Inc. as the recipient of this year’s Barbara G. Ingram Citizen of the Year Award for his notable efforts in preserving the history and heritage of Woodstock. Smith and his wife, Nina Sherman Johnston, are currently part-time residents of Woodstock. Over the past few months, they have become actively involved with the restoration and re-location of the 1940 Main Street house built by E.T. Booth and his wife, Lucy Gibson Booth. The house has been moved a few yards and now faces Market Street. Johnston has also purchased other properties in town and hopes to continue to be active in preservation projects.


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Community Feature Woodstock HS DECA Students Volunteer to Support Local Nursing Home Woodstock High School’s DECA marketing student association recently partnered with Woodstock Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center to create a positive relationship between high school students and local senior citizens. Ryan Brusie, the club’s vice president of community outreach, proposed the DECA Angels Program. Ryan said he was inspired by his interest in working with seniors as a career path and hopes DECA Angels will continue after he graduates. “My goal is to enrich the lives of the seniors,” said Ryan, adding he hopes to “bring back hope for the patients and their families.”

DECA Angels Program founder Ryan Brusie plays a game with a Center resident at the garden party.

For its first activity, the students hosted a garden party at the Center, with carnival games, 1950s and 60s music and refreshments. Seven students, Makayla Adams, Ryan Brusie, Jonathan Powell, Isharat Prokreety, Angelique

The Wall That Heals: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Display Coming to Arnold Mill ES

Students, from left to right, Tahj Brown, Kara Landsiedel, Maverick Borges and Cydney Moore staff a games table at the party. Sayles, Matthew Wessler and Dorothy Wilson, later spent an afternoon planting new shrubs and flowers at the Center. The planting project was in cooperation with Keep Georgia Beautiful, with donations of plants and soil from Twin Branch Nursery in Woodstock. Future plans include hosting holiday parties and providing music therapy programs for Alzheimer’s patients.

Five CCSD Students Selected for Model Atlanta Regional Commission Program Five Cherokee County School District (CCSD) high school students have been selected for a prestigious program to share their ideas on improving metro Atlanta!

The 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile education center, will be displayed outside the school building at 710 Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock. The Wall is scheduled to arrive on campus, with a Patriot Guard and Warrior Watch escort on Wednesday, Nov. 16, and an official welcome ceremony will be presented by the school at 10:00 am on Thursday, Nov. 17. The display will then be open to the public to view, at no charge, through 2:00 pm on Sunday, Nov. 20.


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The five CCSD students are participants in the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) program, the Model Atlanta Regional Commission (MARC), which is a six-month youth leadership program focused on regional issues and challenges. They are: Woodstock HS juniors Chabelli Canales, Malcolm Green and Sasha Stogniy; and River Ridge HS sophomores Grace Pfohl and Darla Willis. Through the program, students learn about regional issues and challenges then suggest ideas to the ARC Board as to how to address them. For more information, visit AtlantaRegional.com/marc.



Cold Weather

Energy Myths By Cobb EMC Staff There’s a chill in the air, and energy myths are circulating. Some of these common misconceptions reduce the comfort of your home during cold months, while others can cost you energy dollars. Separate fact from fiction, and start saving today. Myth: Closing off unused rooms saves on heating/cooling costs. Fact: Keep interior doors open to give your forced-air system the airflow it needs to work efficiently. Myth: Ceiling fans are only for summer months. Fact: To help circulate heat, run ceiling paddle fans on low, blowing up in the winter. Myth: HVAC filters don’t need to be changed during winter months.


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Fact: HVAC filters should be changed monthly, all year long. Dirty filters reduce airflow, making your system work harder than necessary. Myth: I’m leaving town for the holidays, so I won’t be using electricity at home. Fact: Items like coffeemakers, TVs, cable boxes, printers and hair dryers still use electricity, even when we turn off the machines. Plug these types of items into a surge protector. When you leave, simply switch off the surge protector to truly stop the flow of electricity. Myth: Landscaping doesn’t affect the comfort of my home. Fact: Evergreen shrubs on the north side of your home can provide a windbreak during winter months.

impact on winter electric bills. Fact: Your window treatments can help you harness heat from the sun. Keep drapes open during the day to let in sunlight, and shut them at night to keep heat in your rooms. Myth: My garage isn’t heated, so it can’t help me with energy savings. Fact: Your garage door can help regulate the temperature in your home. Keep the door closed to help block cold air from entering your house. Myth: I can’t afford to replace my windows, so I can’t reduce my energy loss. Fact: Caulking around leaky windows, and simply locking old windows, can reduce heated air loss.

Myth: LEDs don’t work as well in cold weather. Fact: LEDs work wonderfully in cold weather, and outdoor-rated LEDs stand up to winter weather. Myth: My decorating doesn’t have an

These tips were provided by Cobb EMC, a non-forprofit electric cooperative. 770-429-2100. CobbEMC.com

Book Review by farris yawn


r. C.R. Hill is a very skilled poet with admirable ability. Many of his poems were written as companions to his sermons, whether he read them aloud or had them printed in the bulletin. His latest collection, I Talked with Him this Morning, proves that he is as talented a poet as ever. Inspired by his regular morning prayers and devotional time, these poems offer a unique insight into the Bible and will help guide you on your spiritual journey.

C.R. Hill was the pastor at Canton First Methodist for many years, until his retirement in 2011. His use of poetry to emphasize or illuminate his message has been greatly missed. Having this book available to use as a devotional aid is a blessing to those he ministered to during his tenure at the churches he served during his long career. Reading some of these poems will bring to mind many of the themes and points of his sermons. Whether you were fortunate enough to have him as your pastor or not, this book is a must for anyone seeking to better understand their place in God’s plan. Each poem is accompanied by the Bible verses that inspired it, giving you an even deeper appreciation for each verse, along with a unique way to learn more about the Word. Here is an excerpt from his previous book, Finding Life’s Way:

I see the cluttered ways of the world, Looking like spaghetti in a bowl Then wonder how one is ever to find, The way to life’s highest goal.

This book would make a great addition to your daily routine.

Farris Yawn is the owner of Yawns Publishing, 198 North Canton Street, Canton. 678-880-1922. YawnsBooks.com



Hair Color

Psychology By Jyl Craven For most of us, a trip to the hair salon begins with a fabulous consultation, where you and your stylist determine what style will enhance your natural features. You discuss a variety of haircutting and color options in an effort to make that magical connection between the perfect haircut and that stunning new hair color. LIFESTYLE

While a fabulous haircut can truly make you look better, perfect hair color can make you feel better, and your hair color choices are endless. This infinite number of color choices makes deciding on that perfect color such an emotional decision. And depending on your season in life and the color you choose, your reasons are almost certainly shared by others. Explore the following three groups, and see if you share some common hair color psychology:

First Time Coloring your hair for the first time can make you feel a little anxious. Peer pressure, your favorite celebrity or a new direction in life are all reasons why one may consider changing hair color. If this sounds like you, go slow, and don’t opt for a complete makeover. Consider changing just the tone of your hair, or opt for a semi- or demipermanent color. Remember, if you like what you see, you can always exercise your bravado next time by going for something bolder.

All the Time Simply put, we enjoy change. While changing our job or where we live is 22

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not always an option, we know and understand the benefits of changing our hair color. A different hair color is a great way to spice up life. In a study by experts at Nottingham Trent University, they found that women who colored their hair were significantly more confident, creative and attractive and gained more impetus with their romantic partners. If you consider yourself fashion-conscious and delight in selfexpression, you are likely coloring your hair and experiencing these emotional benefits.

Creative Time If rainbow shades and galaxy hair describe your style, then you may be a risk-taker. You might also be considered creative, free-spirited and artistic, finding the latest styles of Katy Perry and Kesha appealing. Now more than ever, it’s not uncommon to see someone ambling

through the mall rocking the latest trend in bright blue or pastel pink. Artistic independence is you, and what better way to express yourself than with an explosion of hair color? The desire to enhance your look is natural. Changing your hair color is one simple way to accomplish that. But while beauty doesn’t come in a bottle, it’s nice to enjoy the freedom of changing things up once in a while. Regardless of what stage you are in life, hair color is one of the easiest things to change without any major commitment. So next time you visit the salon and consider hair color, it’s possible you’ve first thought of hair color psychology. L

Jyl Craven is owner of Jyl Craven Hair Design of Canton. 770-345-9411. JylCraven.com



Quotables “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” –Friedrich Nietzsche “Our most important thoughts are those which contradict our emotions.” -Paul Valery “You should never doubt what no one is sure about.” -Willy Wonka “Why do we only rest in peace? Why don’t we live in peace, too?” -Unknown “Through violence, you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence, you may murder the hater, but you do not murder the hate. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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“Until you are broken, you don’t know what you’re made of.” –Ziad K. Abdelnour

“I find hope in the darkest of days and focus on the brightest. I do not judge the universe.” -The Dalai Lama

“Never argue with stupid people because they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” – Mark Twain “We falsely attribute to men a determined character, putting together all their yesterdays, and averaging them. We presume we know them. Pity the man who has character to support; it is worse than a large family. He is the silent poor indeed.” -Henry David Thoreau

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” -Stephen Hawking “When ‘I’ is replaced with ‘we,’ even illness becomes wellness.” -Malcom X



Senator Speaks



New Industry


eorgia is home to a wide variety of industries, from automotive and manufacturing to farming and agribusiness. One of the great parts of Georgia, especially this time of year, is the abundance of u-pick farms, wineries and corn mazes for us to visit. These Georgiagrown attractions are not only drawing in locals, but quite a few out-of-state visitors as well.

a lifetime. In the new age of technology, the popularity of social media sites like Facebook and Instagram has, in a sense, raised the popularity of “experiential activities.” Families now have a place to share that photo of their child picking their first apple with all of their friends and family, which has seemingly had a positive impact on our local economy.

Farming is a major industry in Georgia, resulting in nearly $73 billion in yearly revenue. In recent years, the farm-totable trend has exploded, opening a door for farmers to create a direct farmto-consumer market, more commonly known as agritourism. This new industry, according to a study by the University of Georgia, is worth an estimated $200 million in annual revenues and has created more than 5,000 jobs for Georgians.

Many farms, especially those with pumpkin patches and corn mazes, can see upwards of 40,000 faces in a 6-10 week period during the fall. Even though the fall is probably the largest tourist time for farms, farming and agritourism can be enjoyed year-round. There is an abundance of opportunities around the state of Georgia for parents and teachers to take kids and teach them about where their food comes from, how things grow and to appreciate the work that farmers do to ensure they stay healthy.

Not only does this industry have an immense impact on our state’s economy, but it also creates opportunities for parents to enjoy a unique experience with their child that will be remembered for

Georgia’s agriculture industry consists of more than 42,000 farms and employs over 73,000 people. These impressive numbers have contributed to Georgia becoming a primary player in providing


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By Senator Brandon Beach

produce, dairy, poultry, cattle, grain and so much more to our surrounding states and the nation. As we take time this month to celebrate Thanksgiving, let us also take a few moments to celebrate this incredible industry and the people who work in it. These farmers and business owners take the time to grow and cultivate the products that we use to make meals for our families. This year, as you prep for Thanksgiving and the holiday season, it would be fun and healthy to travel to your local farm, and pick out some fresh, straight-fromthe-source produce. It will be a unique adventure to experience with your family that will give you the opportunity to work directly with the grower, and create memories and traditions that will last a lifetime!

Brandon Beach is a state senator for district 21, which encompasses a portion of Cherokee County in the Georgia General Assembly.

Are There

Straight Teeth in Heaven? By Dr. Steven Anderson, D.M.D.

Having straight teeth in this life is critical. It helps avoid serious oral diseases that will likely cause the loss of the crooked teeth you have! Pretty, white teeth are nice cosmetically, but why does an astute dentist recommend your teeth be straightened? Periodontal disease is the deterioration or loss of the supporting bone around teeth. Bone is what holds our teeth in our mouth, and healthy, pink gums should cover that bone. Our gums should not be red, tender or bleed when we gently brush and floss. Bleeding gums can be an initial sign of periodontal disease.

you existing problem areas and color images supporting periodontal findings. A periodontal exam can help you understand the gravity and severity of looming problems, and it’s critical during any initial dental visit.

Crooked teeth collect plaque in overlapping areas, and unfortunately, regular brushing and flossing often does not adequately remove it. Plaque hardens and turns into a substance known as calculus. You cannot remove the hardened calculus yourself, and it becomes a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Periodontal disease often sets in, and the bacterium involved destroys the supporting bone around teeth. Left untreated, the disease spreads, teeth become loose and eventually need to be removed or may fall out.

Periodontal disease is treated by deep cleanings, more frequent exams and other drug or surgical procedures necessary to control it. Currently, there is no cure, and it remains a disease condition that your doctor tries to control with you. Periodontal disease can usually be controlled, but it takes cooperation on your part and the consideration of treating crooked teeth. This disease is serious and should command your attention once diagnosed. Modern medicine is linking periodontal disease to other diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Listen to your dentist, and follow their advice.

Your dentist should point out problem areas during regular checkups. By performing a comprehensive periodontal exam with probing and x-rays, your dentist will be able to show

Back to straight teeth…clearly, avoiding periodontal disease is another benefit beyond the obvious cosmetic benefit of straight teeth. Traditionally, visible wire and brackets are used for children and adults.


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However, modern dentistry offers new and advanced methods to straighten teeth. Adults now have alternatives that are actually “invisible” or clear. These clear, thin, plastic retainers (known as aligners) fit over your teeth and move your teeth slowly, similar to traditional wire methods. Some of the benefits to clear aligners are: • • • • •

Not readily visible Removable Easily cleaned Soft to the inner lip area Typically have a shorter treatment time

Ask your dentist about treatment alternatives to periodontal disease and straighter teeth. After all, great dentistry is all about you and helping you get to the pearly gates with all your pearly whites intact!

Dr. Steven Anderson is owner/dentist with Anderson Dental of Woodstock and East Cobb. 650 Claremore Professional Way, Ste. 200, Woodstock. 770-384-8505. DrStevenAnderson. com

Community Partners

Cherokee County Senior Services: Meals on Wheels


eals on Wheels is a program that has served seniors in need for many years. The Older Americans Act put everything in place back in the mid 60s to approve funding for Meals on Wheels, which used to be referred to as nutrition for home-bound seniors. Nationally, this is a very popular and important program. The mission is to help seniors remain as independent as possible to avoid having to move into long-term care facilities. Prior to being operated by Cherokee County Senior Services, it was operated by North Georgia Community Action. Cherokee County Senior Services took it over in the late 80s or early 90s. Sharon Smith, the Meals on Wheels volunteer coordinator, came on board in 1993. Sharon stated, “The program has grown so much over the years, and the need for service continues to grow.” With the support of her staff and 75 faithful and dedicated volunteers, the program has the capability to serve up to 200 seniors. Sharon said, “Once seniors get on our program, we take very good care of them.” Most of the seniors on the Meals on Wheels program receive seven meals a week, delivered by volunteers and staff. Sharon also said, “The assistance we provide isn’t limited to providing meals. We also provide other client needs like heaters, fans, Depends, toilet paper and many other necessary items.” Sometimes, a volunteer or staff person may notice a home repair that is needed, and they will contact the Volunteer Aging

Council (VAC) for help. The VAC raises funds to help seniors in need with small to large projects. It takes the entire community to take care of seniors’ needs. Sometimes when meals are delivered, no one answers the door. There is a system in

place in which case managers are notified, and they place calls to the senior’s home or family contacts to check to make sure the senior is okay. There have been times when the situation was an emergency. Each staff member must do their part for this to work properly. Meals on Wheels is the largest program in Cherokee Senior Services, and the number of people who need to utilize the service is expected to grow, as the senior population increases. If you or someone you know would like to

volunteer with or make a donation to Meals on Wheels, please call Cherokee County Senior Services at 770-3457440. Also, if you or someone you know is in need of Meals On Wheels services, please call 770-345-5320.

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Senior Services Donations Needed By Tim Morris

other helpers, try to reach everyone. Judy is the Volunteer Project Manager. She works on a very tight budget. LIFESTYLE The volume of seniors needing help with repairs, bills, rides, a place to stay, replacing appliances and many other things may be quite surprising to you. Senior Services’ Bobbi Henson has done a great job managing this part of the program and its evaluation process to ensure that the needs of our seniors are being met. There is no way we can help every single person that calls, but Senior Services and the Volunteer Aging Council works very hard to research the needs of each caller. The Volunteer Aging Council is more than an advisory group; they are very handson. Judy and Lori, along with Judy’s

The Volunteer Aging Council relies on donations to help support the program that does so many good things for seniors in Cherokee County. The group is made up of some outstanding and hardworking individuals. They have done lunch fundraisers, motorcycle rides, galas, grant writing and made cold calls for help. This past September, the group held their first golf tournament to raise funds through sponsors and players. Sponsors really stepped up to give. The tournament had 65 players and 16 teams out at Crystal Falls. Participants remarked that it was a great tournament, and that it was very well organized. That

is saying a lot, since most of the group members who organized the tournament knew nothing about golf. They all did a fabulous job in the preparations and the actual tournament. We are already seeking more sponsors and players for next year. If you are interested in sponsoring or playing in next year’s golf tournament for this worthy cause, or if you are interested in volunteering or donating your time or other needed items, please call 770-4797438 for more information. L

Tim Morris is the Director of Cherokee County Senior Services. 1001 Univeter Road, Canton. 770-479-7438. CherokeeGa.com/Senior-Services



COVER STORY Operating in Woodstock since 1985, Art Jewelers is the largest, and likely the oldest, jewelry store in town. Owner of the family business, Dave Meadows, says:

By Rajayne Cordery

Woodstock is home to one of the most awarded jewelry stores in Georgia. While Art Jewelers is truly a unique jewelry store, offering custom, one-of-a-kind creations, they actually cater to every customer’s needs and desires. Offering a wide selection of jewelry styles and items, they have something for everyone.

I believe it is a great privilege to be in Woodstock. My customers are my friends and family. I get to be a part of their beginnings and each special event throughout their lifetime. It is truly an honor to share in their life story, whether it’s an engagement, an anniversary, a special birthday or some other life event. Dave works alongside five of his nine children. “It’s not just a store to me,” Dave explains; “It’s our lives. It’s our passion, and we love sharing that with our community.” Dave is a graduate gemologist through the Gemological Institute of America and certified by the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. As a third generation Master Bench Jeweler, certified by LaserStar, Dave boasts over forty years of experience. Dave has been awarded Best in Show by the Georgia Jewelers’ Association for two years in a row. Dave, Jonathan and Malachi are all award-winning designers. Dave is passionate about his occupation:

Necklace crafted by Ecuadorian women

“If it is jewelry, we do it.” Andrew McDeermond, store manager


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I have the privilege of dealing with some of the most fascinating creations of God. I think it is amazing that God formed gems and metals in the earth, hidden beauty for us to discover; these things bring glory to God. I believe God gives these building blocks to us and says, ‘Have fun; make something.’ God takes joy in allowing us to participate in a creative process. It’s a real joy, an honor and a pleasure to design with the gems and metals of God’s creation! Art Jewelers is located next to the Target on Highway 92, off highway 575. The store has recently expanded, doubling both the shop and the showroom. 2017 plans

include additional community involvement as well as increasing the customer’s ability to be more involved in the jewelry creation process. Dave states: Our expansion will create the ability to host educational events for kids. I have taught gemologicalrelated classes at various schools, and we have worked with art teachers on several student projects. Most recently, we have been developing a design contest for the local high school students that we hope to roll out next year. It will be something great for the kids and maybe even benefit the parents of the winner! Art Jewelers offers a wide range of services including repair, advanced laser repair, ring sizing, appraisals, engraving and restoration, among others. Store manager, son-in-law Andrew McDeermond quips, “If it is jewelry, we do it.” What makes Art Jewelers different from other jewelry stores is that they offer an on-site, one-of-a-kind, custom design process. They create a one-ofa-kind jewelry piece, side-by-side with you. Art Jewelers enables the creative expression of those wanting to design their own jewelry and also works with those needing design input. Many opt to re-design using their own stones, and even recasting their own gold, into fabulous new pieces; others desire to start anew. Andrew offers, “I enjoy the sentiment that comes along with jewelry; family stories and memories are often retold, as we work on a new design.” The design process begins as a customer shares ideas that are then transformed into a computer image. Once the design is solidified, a model is 3-D printed, allowing the customer to try on the piece. The model is what

is used to convert the design into metal. Once cast in metal, the jewelry is polished, and stones are set. The customer is intricately involved from start to finish. In some cases, they are even handson with the casting process, holding the torch during the melt. Andrew elaborates, “It is one thing to have something custom-designed, and have that special piece of your own; it’s even more exciting to say, ‘I cast my own ring.’ I’m in the industry, and I still think that’s really cool.” Dave adds: The industry is quite a combination of old-world trade skills and advanced technology. We may be cutting-edge on the latest technology, creating designs on the computer and printing on a 3-D printer, but there is still paper and pencil sketching, and much of the back room work is old-school crafting with a hammer and a torch, fabricating and forging the metal. Art Jewelers is actively involved in charitable efforts in an orphanage in Ecuador and donates a portion of company profits accordingly. The family has personally invested their time and money, traveling each year to Ecuador, meeting needs in the orphanage as well as hands-on home construction and food distribution. The store carries

a jewelry line crafted by a group of Ecuadorian women, and 50% of the proceeds go back to their country. Do you like a party and jewelry? Art Jewelers is hosting several events in November, inviting one and all to join in the celebration! Upcoming events include an Open House Expansion Celebration on November 12th, from 10:00 am-6:00 pm, with food, drinks and fabulous door-prize giveaways. Ladies’ Night Out is scheduled for November 17th, from 6:00-8:00 pm, with food and drinks and glitzy prizes, while providing the opportunity to try on the showcased jewelry. Angelica explains, “Everyone comes by for fun, food and giveaways! We help them create a wish list, so they are guaranteed to love Christmas morning. So many men say, ‘Let me know when Ladies’ Night Out is; my wife will be there!’” Don’t miss out; go “like” Art Jewelers on Facebook, and sign up for their emails to be reminded of these and other upcoming events!

136 Woodstock Square Ave., Ste. 400 Woodstock, GA 30189

770-924-3133 ArtJewelers.com WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


Lung Cancer Remains Biggest Killer By John E. Moore, M.D.

Today, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the U.S. It kills more people than prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. More women die of lung cancer than die of breast, ovarian, cervical and uterine cancer together. According to the American Cancer Society, about 224,000 new cases will be diagnosed in 2016. The high death rate from cancer is mainly due to late-stage diagnosis. Lung cancer is hard to detect and doesn’t cause symptoms in its earliest stages. About 85% of patients diagnosed with lung cancer will see their doctor with either stage three or stage four of the disease. If you’re experiencing chest pain, unexplained weight loss and new onset of wheezing or coughing up blood, report these problems to a doctor immediately. These problems can often be caused by something other than cancer. But if lung cancer is found early, getting treatment


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is greater than 90% when it’s found at one centimeter or less in size and promptly removed. Screening in high-risk individuals with low dose radiation CT scans can often be a lifesaving procedure. Medicare and some insurance companies will pay for this as a screening maneuver. There are many factors that can contribute to lung cancer including exposure to radon gas, secondhand smoke, air pollution and gene mutations. Although lung cancer can occur in people who have never smoked tobacco, about 80% of people diagnosed with lung cancer are former or current smokers.

The average age of someone diagnosed with lung cancer is 70, so it’s important to never smoke, or if you’re a current smoker, stop smoking to reduce your risk. Even if you’ve been smoking for many years, stopping smoking will improve your overall health. Studies have shown that participating Reduc e your risk of in a group smoking lung c ancer: cessation program 3 Don ’t smo improves your chances k e . nev If you’v er smo e of quitting and remaining k ed, do 3 Sto n’t sta p smo r a non-smoker. t . king

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Some evidence suggests that a diet high in fruits and vegetables may help protect against lung cancer in both smokers and non-smokers. But remember, any positive effect of fruits and vegetables on lung cancer risk would be much less than the increased risk from smoking. Remember, lung cancer can be a curable disease.

sooner may mean a better survival outcome. Discuss any symptoms or health changes with your doctor, and follow up on your doctor’s recommendations for screening, treatment and smoking cessation to ensure you stay cancer-free. Recent studies have shown that lung cancer is curable, and the survival rate

Dr. John E. Moore is a board-certified thoracic surgeon with Atlanta Cardiac and Thoracic Surgical Associates and chief of thoracic surgery for the Northside Hospital. He is also medical director of the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute Lung Cancer Program. 404-531-4444. Northside. com/lungcancer

Tasteof by chef paul bodrogi

Chocolate Cranberry Nut Cake Ingredients: • • • • • • • • •

2 egg whites, whisked only until foamy 2 oz. sugar 1 oz. sliced almonds, finely chopped ¾ cup zap flour 1 teaspoon honey 1 oz. chocolate, melted 1 ½ oz. butter, melted 2 tablespoons of soaked dried cranberries* Whipped cream**


- Add all the dry ingredients to the egg whites, and mix until well combined. - Stir in the melted butter. - Stir in the melted chocolate and half of the soaked dried cranberries. - Refrigerate for 1 hour. - Place into buttered muffin pans, and bake at 350 degrees for about 14 minutes. - Allow to cool, and garnish with whipped cream and remaining cranberries.

Paul Bodrogi is a pastry chef, Pastry Live event producer and instructor at Chattahoochee Technical College.


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*Soaked Dried Cranberries Ingredients: • 4 Tablespoons cranberries • 2 Tablespoons water


- Put the cranberries in the water, and microwave for 30 seconds. - Cover, and let them soak for 10 minutes. - Reserve ½ the cranberries to serve with the cakes.

**Whipped Cream Ingredients:

• 5 oz. heavy cream • 1 oz. sugar • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Procedure: - Combine all ingredients, and whisk until thick. Use an electric mixer if you have one.

Would You Trust Your Face to Just Anyone?

By Drs. Petrosky, Musarra, Harkins and Leake Some celebrities give plastic surgery a bad reputation, especially when it comes to facelifts. People see overdone celebrities and assume that all facelift procedures create a drastic "windblown" look. But this doesn't have to be the case.

Most people don't notice well-done plastic surgery. That's because it's subtle. Drastic changes look unnatural. Treatment should be strategic and performed in moderation. A good facelift doesn't change the face but enhances it by correcting signs of aging. Natural-looking results can be ensured by evaluating how a person's face has aged. Areas that are drooping or areas where corrections can be made to restore a firm and realistic-looking appearance should be identified. Some patients would benefit from broader improvements; others may benefit from smaller corrections to specific areas. Muscle laxity and how facial fat contributes to an aged look should also be evaluated. Thorough analysis and skillful implementation should allow you to look like a younger version of yourself. Men or women seeking to refresh their face with a new look and rid themselves of wrinkles and sagging skin can find a

wide range of treatment options. If you don’t want to undergo surgery and are looking for a non-invasive treatment, the “liquid facelift” using Botox and injectable facial fillers could be your answer. Resurfacing procedures with lasers, chemical peels and dermabrasion can also take years off your appearance. Whether you’re considering a full or mini facelift, eyelift or browlift, having a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is key. Facial plastic surgery is a unique way to impact a person’s life. Improving someone’s appearance so that they look younger Drs. Petrosky, Musarra, Harkins and more and Leake are board-certified vibrant can plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery Center of the South. also positively 770-421-1242. PlasticSurgery affect their CenterOf TheSouth.net self-esteem.



The Family

We Choose By Lisa-Marie Haygood

Families come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, you even get to choose your family. Often, people assume positive things about my childhood just by virtue of my involvement with PTA and my commitment to family engagement. However, I actually grew up in a home where my parents worked a lot, and my mom was a heavy smoker who struggled with alcohol abuse. Violent arguments erupted between my parents on a regular basis. During these fights, my sister and I often sought refuge at our nextdoor neighbor’s house. Mrs. Jerri never seemed to mind feeding us,


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helping with homework or lending a sympathetic ear. She was there to comfort me when my mother died and has been present for all my significant life events. My high-school boyfriend’s mother, Freddi, was my life hero. She was a very successful business woman. Her ability to juggle her demanding career and community commitments, while managing to be at all her son’s activities, was commendable. She exposed me to things like home decor, travel and politics. Prior to knowing her, I assumed everyone lived simply, just like my family. And then there was Carol, my best friend’s mother. She recently passed away after a courageous battle with

cancer. Her passing has caused me to reflect on the influence each of these ladies has had on me. I have such respect and admiration for all of these women, and the thing they had in common was their sense of community. They jumped in to serve and love children like me, someone who wasn’t their own child, yet they always made me feel like I was part of something very special. We should be careful to not make assumptions about people. You don’t really ever know what their journey looks like. We can also be certain that it’s possible to rise above our circumstances as long as we have the desire and special people, the family we choose, to lift us up and support us on our journey.

Lisa-Marie Haygood is the president of Georgia PTA. 404-659-0214. LMHaygood@GeorgiaPTA.org

What is Glaucoma

and How Can It Be Treated? By Cameron C. Johnson, MD

Glaucoma is a common disease, affecting about 2% of patients over age 40. It usually progresses slowly, gradually causing damage to the nerve that connects the eye to the brain. It’s called “the sneak thief of sight,” as patients usually don’t have symptoms until it has caused severe damage. As it progresses, patients lose peripheral vision, and in advanced cases, can even become blind. Risk factors include advancing age, a family history of glaucoma, having thin corneas, African American race, being near-sighted and elevated pressure inside

through the pupil and into the front of the eye. It then exits the eye through a meshwork, which lies at the base of the iris. This meshwork can be thought of as the eye’s drain. When the drain isn’t working efficiently, eye pressure goes up. The most common treatments used for glaucoma are eye drops. These lower eye pressure by decreasing the amount of fluid produced by the eye or by increasing the efficiency of its drainage. There are several classes of effective eye drops available, which usually don’t have significant side effects. However, they can sometimes be irritating to the surface

Cataract surgery, by itself, has also been shown to lower eye pressure. The cause of this decrease in pressure is not completely understood, but is well-documented. Additionally, several procedures have been approved that can be combined with cataract surgery in order to further decrease eye pressure. These MIGS (minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries) have been approved for mild to moderate glaucoma and have less risk than more invasive, traditional glaucoma surgeries used for very advanced, severe disease. MIGS includes endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation (ECP), in which a laser is applied to the ciliary body, causing

“The most common treatments used for glaucoma are eye drops. These lower eye pressure by decreasing the amount of fluid produced by the eye or by increasing the efficiency of its drainage.”

the eye. Of these, the only one that can be modified is elevated intraocular pressure. Studies have shown that reducing intraocular pressure can slow, or even halt, the progression of glaucoma. Elevated pressure inside the eye can be thought of as a plumbing problem. The ciliary body, which lies hidden behind the iris, produces fluid. This fluid circulates


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of the eye, and it may be challenging for some patients to avoid occasionally missing a dose. If doses are missed, pressure may go up, and further damage to the optic nerve may occur. Another choice for treatment is selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT). In this treatment, a laser is applied to the drainage meshwork, which stimulates the body’s immune cells to clean it out, increasing its efficiency. SLT takes less than 5 minutes, produces minimal discomfort and is a very low-risk procedure.

it to produce less fluid as well as several types of very small stents that can be placed in the eye to increase the efficiency of its drainage system. For patients with glaucoma and cataracts, their eye surgeon can discuss if they might be a candidate for one of these procedures.

Dr. Cameron Johnson is a boardcertified ophthalmologist with Milan Eye Center, located in Canton. 470326-0320. MilanEyeCenter.com

It starts with you… 770-Arborist

833 Roper Road, Canton 770-272-6747 770Arborist.com/pay-it-forward/ Ready to get your trees pruned/removed and make a difference at the same time? Mention this offer at the time of payment, so you know you got the best price, and 10% will be donated to your church or favorite charity! The amount will be mailed to them in your name. 770-Arborist wants to help you take care of some trees AND some people, too.

Afterglow Spa

1431 Riverstone Parkway, Suite 100, Canton 770-720-1134 AfterglowSpa.net Afterglow Spa donates gift cards to local charities such as the Ray Benefit to help with medical expenses, Waleska First Baptist Church’s Tee Up for Teens charity golf event, Angel House as well as local schools and youth sports teams. By going to them for your spa needs, you enable them to continue to give back to the community.

Art Jewelers

136 Woodstock Square Avenue #400, Woodstock 770-924-3133 ArtJewelers.net Art jewelers works through Fundation Contigo, ContigoEcuador.org, which is a non-profit organization that focuses on the orphan needs in Ecuador. They mainly work in

and around Quito, which is the capital of Ecuador. Art Jewelers carries jewelry made by Ecuadorian women from the Tagua seeds. Over 50% of the funds return to Ecuador to help the orphans and the community.

art and other treasures that are then sold to help them earn an income.

Clyde’s Camp

HiCaliber donates over 5% of its profits to supporting local organizations such as Boy Scout troops, Trail Life, the Creekview HS Touchdown Club, the Sequoyah HS Junior Chiefs Baseball Club and the Rotary and Optimist Clubs.

574 Lakes Drive, Canton 770-235-4294 ClydesCamp.com Clyde’s Camp is a new, unique dog boarding, day-play and grooming facility, located on a 138-acre farm. They provide a safe, fun experience for dogs, where they spend the day outside playing on real grass. They take daily walks on trails that cover miles of the property. 100% of their profits are donated to Save the Horses and other dog rescues. They know how important it is for dog lovers to find a place to leave their dog while at work or on vacation. Please visit their website, or stop by with your dog for a visit to see what they have to offer!

Foster Gift Shop 100 Hospital Road, Canton 770-213-8738 Facebook.com/ fostergiftshop/

Foster Gift Shop is an establishment that was created by North Georgia Angel House, which provides a safe home and valuable life skills to teen girls between the ages of 12-21 in order to better prepare them for life. Foster Gift Shop gives the teens the opportunity to work and earn wages. The girls create edible bouquets, jewelry, signs, custom


3800 Holly Springs Parkway, Canton 678-880-8764 HiCaliberFirearms.com

Key’s Jewelry

2320 East Main Street, Canton 770-479-4834 KeysJewlery.com Key’s Jewelry donates 2% of its special orders to the Bend Your Knees Foundation. The Bend Your Knees Foundation, started in honor of Collins Dixon, is a Georgia 501(c) 3 nonprofit that raises money to help spread awareness of brain tumors in children, support families with a child who has a brain tumor and support other organizations that work with children with brain tumors (such as the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children).


12186 Highway 92, Suite 111B, Woodstock, 770-424-0060 LGECCU.org LGE has raised over $418,000 for local charities since 2010. Its employees have invested over 2600 hours of their personal time to give back. Each year, the employees choose to give a large portion of the raised funds to four charities. 2016’s charities are Calvary Children’s Home, Next Step Ministries, Safe Path and Warehouse of Hope.

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-Albert Pine

As we approach the time of year where gift-giving and giving back to others in our community is at the forefront of our minds, why not combine these two actions and shop with local companies who give back to the community on your behalf? We hope you will consider these, as well as other businesses that do the same, when shopping during the holiday season and all year long.

After they evenly distribute funds to the previously listed charities, the rest of the funds are divided up and given to MUST Ministries, CASA- Paulding County, City of Refuge, Rachel’s Rest, McKenna Farms, The Drake House and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. This year’s goal is to raise $75,000. They are currently at $53,000. LGE’s board of directors will double the final amount that is raised. For more information, please feel free to visit LGECCU.org/lge_foundation. html.

Urban Secrets

6175 Hickory Flat Highway, Canton 678-493-5437 UrbanSecretsBoutique.com Urban Secrets makes monthly donations to Pencils of Promise, which is a charitable organization that helps provide school supplies for children in need, and they donate items to MUST Ministries. They also sell Good Works jewelry and accessories, which donates 25% of all sales to help build solar panels and clean water systems for rural areas, to fund a playground for 107 orphans, and to

provide 50,000 meals to the homeless. Additionally, they sell Giving Keys, which is an organization that makes inspirational products to sell, which then uses proceeds to help successfully transition the homeless off the streets by creating jobs. *The organizations listed above were found in response to a social media email search and is not inclusive of all the businesses in our community.

Poole Funeral Home

1970 Eagle Drive, Woodstock 678-932-2097 PooleFuneralHome.net

Poole Funeral Home gives back 10% of their service charge to the deceased’s church, among other charities in the community such as MUST Minsitries and the Gentiva Foundation.

Pro Roofing & Siding

2558 Canton Road, Marietta 770-777-1733 MyProRoofing.com Pro Roofing offers a generous referral reward that provides their customers a choice of charities, including MUST Ministries, Papa’s Pantry, Cherokee Family Violence Center and CHRIS Kids, for which to make a donation in their name. When customers refer a friend or family member to Pro Roofing & Siding, they enjoy giving them the opportunity to pay it forward!



Salon and Spa Venéssa Give gifts to be merry and bright. Salon and Spa Venéssa is offering two spectacular spa packages this holiday season to give or to receive. Stop by, and choose gifts that are ready to give, or create a custom gift for anyone on your holiday list! 8516 Main Street, Woodstock 770-591-2079 SalonVenessa.com

Three Sisters Gifts Christo by Brighton A “goes-with-everything” cuff bracelet is a must-have for every woman! With the Christo Cuff, and new Narrow Christo Cuff, you can mix and match widths. Interchangeable and reversible leathers instantly transform your look. Coordinate with your outfit, add a pop of color, or go sleek metallic. Available at your Brighton Heart Store, Three Sisters Gifts! 6205 Hickory Flat Hwy., Ste. 106, Canton 770-345-3090


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2016 By Heather Blevins This December, the Holiday Lights of Hope returns for its fifth year to transform Hobgood Park into a holiday wonderland! The Holiday Lights of Hope is a largescale, walk-through event, with more than a million holiday lights. The event includes a mixture of traditional holiday lights and animated displays, including a 30-foot Christmas tree, 17-foot-tall reindeer, 15-foot-tall snow family and even a replica of the Eiffel Tower. Parents and children can get lost in the 5,000 feet of bright lights in the Christmas maze. Every night, families can have their pictures taken with Santa in the Santa Village. The event is located at Hobgood Park, 6888 Bells Ferry

Road, Woodstock. It will be open each night at 6:00 pm, from December 8-23. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for children ages 14 and under. All proceeds from the event benefit the Anna Crawford Children’s Center in Woodstock, a non-profit that provides intervention and treatment services to children and families impacted by sexual, physical and emotional abuse. The Anna Crawford Children’s Center assists over 500 families each year. The center also offers an ever-expanding array of preventative services aimed at the eradication of child abuse. The center provides statewide education for those who are responsible for the evaluation

and treatment of child abuse investigations. The center has been in operation since 1990. So come on out to this year’s Holiday Lights of Hope, and make wonderful memories with your family while helping to support an important cause! Heather Blevins is a board member for the Cherokee Child Advocacy Council, 9870 GA-92 #200, Woodstock. 678504-6388 CherokeeChildAdvocates.org



ArtistProfile by Natalie del Valle


here are many beautiful paintings in the world, but there’s just something special about a painted portrait. Portraits can show an individual’s personality in ways that cameras may sometimes fail to express, and that is what Linda Maphet, local portrait artist, likes so much about them. “It’s not just an image or a photograph. A person’s character and what’s endearing about them is captured on canvas when made into a portrait,” Linda says. For 12 years, Maphet has been creating beautiful portraits for the local community. Just as with her mother, art has always been a passion for Maphet. “My mother was an artist, and she never took lessons, so I knew I had the ability to be artistic as well,” she says, “but I poured my creative energy into raising my children for a long while and was undecided on where I wanted to take my artistic talents.” It wasn’t until Maphet’s youngest child was in high school that she discovered an art teacher who focused on classical realism. It had been just what Maphet was looking for, and she loved it. For six years, Maphet went to class once a week to study

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and practice. “It was my teacher who encouraged me to paint professionally,” she says. Now, Maphet creates a new piece once or twice a month, depending on her schedule. “I don’t have nearly enough time to paint. Some days, I’ll paint for five or six hours; other days, I won’t paint at all.” With all the prep work, it can take a few weeks before Maphet even commits to canvas, and it can take anywhere from a week to a month to complete the final portrait. “I start with a detailed drawing to work out values, composition, lights and darks and how it’s weighted, and then I create a colored sketch to make sure the colors work together before I start working on canvas,” she says. Her acute attention to detail brings a new element of undeniable beauty to her work and has earned her first place in a couple of private art shows. She considers her biggest accomplishment simply being able to reveal an element

of the subject’s personality and likeness in her paintings. “The satisfaction of seeing a face come alive and knowing that I’ve captured the essence of a person on canvas is my favorite part of what I do,” she says. “My favorite piece is always the one I just finish,” Maphet says. Her most recent painting, which depicts a violinist, is on display at the Cherokee Arts Center, where she teaches oils and acrylics. She also had pieces in an art gallery in downtown Canton until it closed. “I haven’t been back into a gallery since. It requires more painting than what I am able to do with my busy schedule. I do what I can, when I can,” she says.

To learn more about Linda Maphet’s classes or portraits, visit her website, LindaMaphetPortraits.com/. WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


A Solution for

Shaded Slopes By Joshua Fuder Groundcover alternatives in shady areas are a challenge many homeowners face. Grass or turf is the best-known groundcover, but most turf varieties of grass will require a minimum of 4-6 hours of full sun per day. English ivy is what is most often found in this understory environment, as it thrives in full shade. English ivy has many positive attributes. It’s low-maintenance, evergreen, drought-tolerant and has little to no insect or disease problems. English ivy is a vine that has a tendency to climb things like walls, fences and trees, which often makes it undesirable.

Alternatives to Ivy Pachysandra is a dense evergreen that grows to 6-9 inches and spreads by


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runners. Pachysandra prefers full to part shade, tolerates poor acidic soils as well as competition with trees. Pachysandra also produces tiny, white flowers in early Spring. Liriope or lily turf is a common groundcover that performs well in the shade. Liriope forms thick mats of turflike blades that grow between 1018 inches. Liriope is remarkably tough and tolerates drought, light traffic and an annual mowing in winter. A few dwarf and variegated cultivars exist. Cast iron plant, as the name would

imply, is as tough as nails. With long, broad leaves that reach two feet tall, the plant adds an almost tropical look to shady areas. Sweet box is a small evergreen shrub that reaches from 1-3 feet tall. Sweet box thrives in shade and produces wonderfully fragrant blooms in late winter. It’s very hardy and resistant to deer and most insects and diseases. Establishing groundcovers is the same as with all new plants. Lightly amend the soil to improve texture and drainage, and reduce early competition from weeds, and these plants will thrive for years to come.

Joshua Fuder is an agriculture and natural resources agent at the UGA Cooperative Extension Cherokee County. Contact the UGA Extension office for any gardening assistance, 770-721-7830 or CAES.UGA.Edu/ extension/cherokee



The Excitement of a Tooth! Lo os e

the individual patient’s situation. In certain cases, the use of space maintainers can lessen the need for extensive orthodontic treatment in the future.

There are questions that can arise when it comes to monitoring when and how your child’s permanent teeth emerge. There is a range of ages during which children most commonly lose their first baby teeth. The teeth will typically fall out in the same pattern that they come in as baby teeth.

When a permanent tooth begins to push through the gums, it will cause the root of the baby tooth to dissolve, thereby loosening the baby tooth. Losing a tooth may cause a bit of discomfort, but it will typically not cause as much pain as when teething occurs in infants. Sometimes, a row of permanent teeth will emerge from the gums behind the baby teeth. This is commonly referred to as “shark’s teeth.” It’s not a cause for alarm. The baby teeth will normally fall out, and the permanent teeth will move into place.


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By Vishant Nath, D.M.D.

If your child loses a baby tooth prematurely — due to injury or the need for dental extraction due to decay — a space maintainer may be required. A space maintainer is an appliance that is inserted into a child’s mouth to keep a space open and make room for permanent teeth that have not yet erupted. Space maintainers are custom-made to fit a patient’s mouth. They can be made of metal or acrylic and can be removable or permanent, depending on what is best for

Regardless of how and when your child’s permanent teeth come in, it’s important to take care of baby teeth while they have them! Baby teeth serve purposes beyond just chewing food. Baby teeth help your child with their speech. And never underestimate the importance of a healthy looking smile! Your child will be more confident if they feel good about their smile, so take the time to teach them the best way to care for all of their teeth!

Dr. Vishant Nath is the owner of Canton/Alpharetta/Roswell Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. 678-352-1090. KidsHappyTeeth.com


Appreciation Event Thank you to all our advertisers, contributors, community leaders and partners

Thank you!



Upcoming Events Jingle Mingle with YPOW November 10, 5:30-8:00 pm Reformation Brewery Special Notes: Tour admittance is $15 for six, 6 oz., onsite tastings and a souvenir tasting glass. Entrance to Reformation Brewery is freeof-charge, if you are not planning on taking a tour (tasting). A portion of all proceeds of the Jingle Tour will go to the Woodstock Public Safety Foundation.

WDSTK: A City Unexpected By Kyle Bennett


he 2016 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference was recently held, which was attended by tourism professionals from around the state of Georgia who were there to take part in educational and interesting sessions on a variety of topics. During the opening session of the conference, a presentation entitled, “How to Create a City That You Can’t Wait to Get to, and Never Want to Leave” was delivered. The presenter, Lee Fisher, the president and CEO for CEOs for Cities, brought up several points during his talk that directly relate to the work the City of Woodstock (specifically the Woodstock DDA & CVB departments) has been focusing on in recent years. For example, a key point of Mr. Fisher’s presentation was the idea that if you build a place where people want to live, then it will also be the


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type of place that people want to visit. This idea truly relates to the successes we have experienced in downtown Woodstock in the past decade. Actually, after the presentation was over, many conference attendees mentioned that this statement reminded them of Woodstock. Downtown Woodstock has certainly become a very popular destination for visitors to check out great shops, restaurants, events and much more. Putting downtown Woodstock on the map for visitors wasn’t accomplished by one big project like the opening of a big museum, amusement park or some other traditional tourist attraction. Instead, efforts by the City, non-profits and businesses focused on making downtown Woodstock a great place to live, work and play has helped make our downtown area a place that visitors love to visit. It isn’t the opening of one new restaurant,

one new store, one beautification project or one marketing campaign that is responsible for the success of downtown Woodstock. Instead, it is a combination of all these factors. The hard work by our elected officials, City staff, volunteers, downtown merchants and enthusiastic citizens is responsible for making downtown Woodstock a place where people want to live and a place that people want to visit. Woodstock’s new tagline perfectly expresses the success of downtown Woodstock: “Destination WDSTK: A City Unexpected.” Everyone who has put hard work into downtown Woodstock and helped transform it into the vibrant heart of the city it is today deserves so much gratitude!

Kyle Bennett is director of tourism and operations for the Woodstock Visitors Center. 770-924-0406. KBennett@WoodstockGa.gov

Many homes and businesses today have been set up for a central vacuum system. The central vacuum system uses a two-inch thin wall PVC pipe that is run through the walls of your home with inlet valves placed in strategic areas. The piping is run back to a location in the basement or the garage, where the central vacuum machine will be installed. Typically, you will have a thirty-foot hose that plugs into the inlets, which connects to the central vacuum machine. Along with the thirty-foot hose, you’ll have several different types of attachments for cleaning various locations your home. When vacuuming with the central vacuum system, dirt will be sucked down to the machine located away from the living area of your home. The central vacuum system offers many benefits over most conventional vacuum cleaners. The machines are very powerful, providing superior suction, leading to a cleaner home. The

system is very helpful to people with severe allergies, and it’s quieter than a traditional vacuum, since the main machine is located outside the living area. Central vacuum systems offer a built-in dustpan, so you can just sweep the debris right in there.

By Rick Cheney

These systems can be installed during construction or in an existing structure. If your home has been piped for the central vacuum system, your next step is just choosing the right machine. Many machines are available, which are rated

by the number of square feet they can clean. Some machines are also built to be quieter than others. If you are living in a finished home that hasn’t been piped for a central vacuum, contact a company that specializes in installing this system because the job is difficult and labor intensive. Installation takes 1-2 days. Once completed, you’ll have a central vacuum system that will help to keep your home dust and allergen free for many years to come. Contact a qualified electrical company in your area for more information on getting a new central vacuum system installed.

Rick Cheney is in the purchasing department at H&H Electric and Security, LLC. 770-735-1136. HHElectrician.com



(serves 4)

Red Eye Gravy Procedure* 1. In a sauté pan, cook the bacon until crispy. 2. Whisk in the flour, and add the salt and pepper to make a roux. 3. Cook on low for two minutes then whisk in the coffee and

Ingredients 4 duck breasts 4 strips bacon, chopped 4 eggs 1 cup coffee 1 cup light chicken stock 3 tablespoons flour 2 tablespoons heavy cream ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper Red eye gravy* 4 servings grits, prepared according to package directions, followed by adding your favorite cheese to taste


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chicken stock.

4. Heat to a light simmer; the gravy should thicken. 5. Finish by whisking in the heavy cream. 6. Keep it warm.

Duck Procedure 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Salt and pepper the duck to taste. Heat a sauté pan on medium heat. Sear the duck, skin side down, until the duck browns, and the skin is nice and crispy. Save the duck fat in the sauté pan. Transfer the duck to baking tray, and put it in the oven to finish cooking to your desired level of doneness. Cook the eggs in the duck fat, however you prefer them.

Plating 1. 2. 3. 4.

Place 1 serving of cheese grits on each plate. Top with a duck breast. Cover the duck breast with gravy. Finish by placing your egg on top.

I — Parent: Who, — Me??? By Kelly Marulanda At times, parenting can be both rewarding and scary. Many things can be said regarding parenting, but consider the following acronym: FAIR — F-iduciary, A-ccepting, I-ntelligent, R-egal. Parenting is a fiduciary responsibility because parents enter into a loving and caring relationship with their child. Parents become responsible for their child’s overall needs and protection. In this way, the parent becomes both a guardian and a partner. But be careful not to become a “buddy” to your child. Your child needs supervision and guidance — not a dormitory roommate. Parenting requires that we be accepting of our child. All children are born with a natural set of physical characteristics, abilities and temperament. Whereas we accept the things that cannot be changed, we strive to guide and change that which should/could be changed. Examples of these types of things might include respect for proper adult authority and playing fairly with the avoidance of bullying. Parenting requires that we be intelligent about the needs of our child. Children shouldn’t be given something just because they ask for it. As parents and guardians, we have the responsibility of assessing the needs of our child. Remember, children need our time and attention — not just toys and “stuff.” Three questions your child should consider when they ask for something: Do I really want it? Do I need it? Will I use it? Parenting demands that we be regal about the training of our child. As they grow, children become masters of deception and manipulation. At an early age, they discover our “weak points” for discipline and how to “spin” the truth. Parenting demands that we be as wise as Solomon in discerning the truth and “train the way a child should go.” Listen, think and pray before you act. Great parenting resources may be found at the American College of Pediatricians’ website (ACPeds.org) and at DrJamesDobson.org (Dr. Dobson is a child psychologist). Kelly Marulanda is the practice manager at Woodstock Pediatric Medicine, 2000 Professional Way, #200 Woodstock. 770-517-0250. WoodstockPeds.com



in the


Healthy Shopping Meets Neighborhood Convenience!

Jill Rowland is not just passionate about healthy eating and living a clean lifestyle, she is just as passionate about educating others and connecting with the community. With 15 years of experience in the health products industry and having helped open many big name and independent shops in her career, her desire to share that experience with others came to fruition in 2008 with the opening of Nature’s Corner Market in West Cobb. Jill, along with her husband Doug and son Justin, has created a thriving, convenient neighborhood market, boasting a broad selection of nutritional supplements, natural skin care, organic and natural foods including an organic juice and smoothie bar and natural café.


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The goal was to help educate the public, while offering healthy, diet-restricted and nutritional products unavailable in the area, at more affordable prices. Over the years, they’ve found life-long customers who love coming back every week to buy groceries and supplements, or to grab a protein smoothie after workouts or lunch from the café. The way they’ve cultivated a repeat-customer base is by creating a culture of health along with providing excellent service that goes beyond a friendly smile. Their staff is well-versed in the products they offer, and they listen and offer guidance that typically goes far beyond what you’d expect. Visitors often rave about the level of service they receive. Also, Nature’s Corner Market is committed to supporting local producers and passionate about super

local farms. Some of the local farm partners are Spreading Oaks in Dallas, GA, Grass Fed Beef in Blairsville and Two-By-Two Farms in Powder Springs, just to name a few. You can also find a huge nutritional supplements selection, only organic produce, local eggs and grass-fed beef. The café uses all organic, non-GMO, natural ingredients with gluten-free, sugar-free, paleo or vegan options. The Rowland Family is now excited to share this one-of-a-kind shopping experience with the Towne Lake community and will be opening in late 2016. The location is 200 Parkbrooke Drive, just off Eagle Drive in Woodstock. Please email product requests and resumes to NaturesCornerTownLake@ gmail.com.

friends and servants. What if you learned that God was not interested in a better performing you, but is simply grateful for you? What if your heart could begin to open to the idea of being passionately loved by the Creator of the universe? What if you had zero obligation of doing anything to receive blessings from God?

For What is God Thankful? By Pastor William Thrasher

As we enter this season of thanks, we reflect on our blessings of family, friendship, provision, comfort and faith. This is a good practice, as it aligns our hearts and minds, not on our to-do lists, but rather focusing on why we put forth effort in the first place. Have you ever stopped to consider what God is thankful for? We often feel like God has an expectation for us to be better versions of ourselves, like we need to be better spouses, parents, workers,

If we, as people, have any measure of effort to find right standing in this life, our faith is not a gift; it’s merely a transaction. We’re “thankful” when we buy something at the grocery store for their role in the transaction, but it’s part of an equal exchange. What God offers is not an exchange at all. God paid for you, in full, through Jesus. It’s 100% finished. There’s nothing

you can do to earn this love/blessing. Imagine the same grocery store we just visited loved you and was so thankful for you that they offered you a lifetime coupon. This token of thanks is redeemable for all they have, anytime you want or need, never expires and is 100% free, no obligation, no small-print. How thankful would you be to them? This is how God offers his love and blessings to you! There’s no earning it. There’s just receiving it and experiencing it. Know this today: God is full of thanks for you. Let this word of love and truth flow through you and fill you up.

William Thrasher is the author of The Jesus Purpose and is college pastor at His Hands Church, 550 Molly Lane, Woodstock. 770-405-2500. HisHandsChurch.com



How Efficient is Your Home’s HVAC System? By Robbie Matiak

Whether you’re shopping for a new HVAC system or unexpectedly replacing a failed system, understanding the energy ratings of the system is important. The AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating is the MPG (miles per gallon) rating for furnaces; the higher the AFUE rating, the more efficient the furnace and the greater potential for savings. The SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) takes into consideration the seasonal fluctuations on residential usage equipment patterns and an average cost of operating that residential equipment. Actual system performance will vary depending on your home, comfort preferences and more. According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and AirConditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) the average home sees the need for 100% heating or cooling capacity less than 5% of the year, and sees the need for part-load capacity (approximately 75%) for 60-80% of the year. This reduced need for capacity for the majority of the year is where a higher efficiency unit earns its keep. The unit can determine what capacity the home needs and adjust itself accordingly. 58

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Furnaces work by blowing heated air through ducts that deliver warm air throughout the house. Inside the gasfired furnace, fuel is mixed with air and burned. Older furnace models vented combustion by-products directly out into the atmosphere, wasting about 30% of the fuel energy just to keep the exhaust hot enough to rise out through the flue. Current minimum-efficiency furnaces, such as Trane XR80, reduce this waste by using an inducer fan to pull exhaust gases through the heat exchanger and induce draft in the flue pipe. Higher-efficiency condensing furnaces, such as Trane XR95, are designed to reclaim much of the heat that escapes by cooling exhaust gases well below 140°F. Furnace models, such as Trane’s XV80 and XV95, along with air conditioning or heat pump models XR17 and XL18i, are able to operate in increments of their full capacity. These variable speed furnaces and twostage cooling air conditioners or heat pumps are able to meet any outdoor climate conditions and prevent indoor temperature swings. While the higherefficiency-rated systems do initially have a marginally higher investment

cost, the energy cost savings will begin to offset that initial cost within a few years and even more so throughout the extended life of the system. In an effort to encourage the replacement of existing systems with higher-efficiencyrated systems, many power providers offer rebates on the installation of these systems. Check with your local power provider for availability. Pairing your new, high-efficiency Trane system with Honeywell’s RedLINK™ wireless technology and their full suite of wireless-enabled comfort systems provides even greater efficiency by putting the control of your home’s temperature in the palm of your hand, even when you’re away, via the web portal or mobile app. As your system operates, every RedLINK™-enabled component is communicating, allowing your system to learn as it operates, optimizing itself for comfort and efficiency based on your family’s needs.

Robbie Matiak is a project coordinator at R & D Mechanical Services, Inc. 770-917-1795. RandDMechanical.net



or a tendency to drop things. In severe cases, it’s possible to lose sensation permanently, while the muscles at the base of the thumb slowly shrink (thenaratrophy).

Carpal Tunnel Diagnosis

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome By Atlanta Hand Specialist Staff

What is carpal tunnel

syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition caused by increased pressure on the median nerve at the wrist. Simply put, it’s a pinched nerve at the wrist. The carpal tunnel is a space in the wrist where the median nerve and nine tendons pass from the forearm to the hand. When pressure builds from the swelling in the tunnel, it puts pressure on the nerve. When the pressure becomes great enough, you may experience one or all of the following symptoms: • • •

Numbness Tingling Pain in the arm, hand and fingers

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome? The cause is often unknown, but pressure on the nerve can occur in several ways:


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• • • • •

Swelling of the lining of the flexor tendons (tenosynovitis) Joint dislocations, fractures or arthritis narrowing the tunnel Keeping the wrist bent for a long periods of time Fluid retention during pregnancy (this often goes away after delivery) Thyroid conditions, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes A combination of any of the above

Signs and Symptoms Symptoms usually include pain, numbness, tingling or a combination of the three, with tingling and numbness most often in the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers. Most likely, you will experience symptoms at night, but some notice them during daily activities. Some patients also notice a weaker grip, occasional clumsiness

In order to diagnose carpal tunnel, physicians will complete a detailed history, which will include any previous medical condition, how you’ve used your hands and any prior injuries. They will also take an x-ray to check for other causes of your symptoms such as arthritis or a fracture. In some cases, physicians may recommend a laboratory test if they suspect a medical condition that is associated with CTS. They may also perform a nerve conduction study (NCV) and/or electromyogram (EMG) to confirm your diagnosis as well as check for other possible nerve problems.

Carpal Tunnel Treatment It is possible to relieve carpal tunnel symptoms without surgery. By identifying and treating the underlying medical condition, changing the patterns of hand use or keeping the wrist splinted in a straight position, you may be able to reduce pressure on the nerve. Other treatment options include wearing wrist splints at night to relieve symptoms that interfere with sleep and adjusting your workstation to alleviate a possible cause.

Carpal Tunnel Surgery If your symptoms are severe or do not improve, physicians may recommend surgery to make more room for the nerve. By cutting the ligament that forms the top of the tunnel on the palm side of the hand, it is possible to decrease the pressure on the nerve. The incision allows physicians to enlarge the tunnel and decrease pressure on the nerve.

Atlanta Hand Specialist has locations in Canton, Marietta, Smyrna, and Douglasville. 770-333-7888, AtlantaHandSpecialist.com

Did You Know Security Can Affect Your Google Ranking? By Arlene Dickerson The ranking gurus at Google rarely disclose the secret formulas (known as “search ranking algorithms”) that help your website — thus, your business — appear at the top of organic searches. But late last year, Google announced they had been running tests to “take into account sites with secure, encrypted connections” for their algorithms. Currently, fewer than 1% of global queries carry the SECURE signal. As a result, Google “leaked” the information about this new facet to their algorithms in the hopes that more webmasters will switch from http to https web addresses. This latest addition to SEO (Search Engine Optimization) algorithm

criteria has a reason behind it: an opportunity to improve SEO for the greater good — and security — of website owners and end users. When you open a website, you’ll notice “http://” or “https://” in the address bar. “Http” stands for “hypertext transfer protocol,” which is how two computers “talk” to one another. When you connect to a website that has the http prefix, the information being shared is not private/secure. Any personal information you enter into these sites (phone number, address, credit card information), is not private. On the other hand, “https” is secure (that’s what the “s” stands for). You’ll often see a lock symbol when you’re on an https site, which lets you know that information you share is encrypted/

protected, so no one else can read it. When you visit an https site, the two computers scramble the conversation, so others can’t read it or retrieve information shared on the site, and it’s safe from hackers. Google’s latest SEO ranking criteria encourages all webmasters/website owners to convert their sites to https sites to keep everyone’s information safe on the web (known as TLS, or “Transport Layer Security”). When Google rolls out this new system, it means that the sites that rank highest in search results will also be the most secure.

Arlene Dickerson is the co-owner/ director of Technical Resource Solutions. 678-928-9491, TechnicalRS.com



Ribbon Cuttings

1. The Piedmont Group 1050 Crown Pointe Parkway, Suite 1800 Atlanta 770-841-1184 Financial Advisors



2. Eyes On Towne Lake 1075 Buckhead Crossing, Suite 130 Woodstock 770-702-5996 Optometrists

3. The Greystone Estate, Inc. 200 Greystone Estate Ball Ground 770-735-3777 Event & Wedding Venue

4. Culver’s



Southern Local Boutique 8650 Main Street Woodstock 678-223-4130 Clothing and Accessories


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6778 Hickory Flat Highway Canton Restaurant

outside world/how objects relate to one another. Signs of dysfunction:

The Way I See It By Andrea Cottos, MS, OTR/L Visual perceptual and oculomotor deficits are prominent problems that are frequently mislabeled as behavior problems, disinterest, inattention and/or learning disabilities in our children. Visual perception (VP) is more than just 20/20 vision. It’s the skills used to gather visual information, integrate it with other senses and derive meaning from what we see. It’s vital to reading, understanding directions, copying, visual memory, handeye coordination and much more. It has three components:

Visual Spatial Skills — Understanding space through directions (left, right, below, etc.) as one’s body relates to the

• Appears clumsy • Difficulty learning left/right • Makes reversals

• Avoids reaching across the body

Visual Analysis Skills — Discriminating visual information to identify, sort, organize, retain and recall. Signs of deficits:

• Difficulty learning/remembering letters, numbers, words • Mistakes words with similar beginnings • Appears distractible or has ADD/ADHD • Difficulty comprehending/following instructions • Difficulty understanding quantity concepts (length, volume, mass, etc.)

Visual Integration Skills — Integration of visual input with other senses. The most pertinent visual-motor integration (VMI) is the coordination with visual perception for gross or fine motor movements (hand-eye coordination). VMI is necessary for ball skills (hitting/ catching), self-care tasks (tying shoes) and academia (writing, drawing, computing,

typing). VMI deficits include:

• Poor penmanship, often with an inappropriate grasp • Frequent erasures, poor identification of mistakes • Disorganization

Without oculomotor skills, the mechanism of taking in and storing information is not possible. Deficits may lead to blurred vision, difficulty following/shifting lines while reading, seeing double, burning/ tearing eyes, eye fatigue and headaches, to name a few. Three primary eye movements are:

• Saccades — Moving over a stationary target (“jumping” between specific points) • Pursuits — Smooth movements separate from head and body to follow a target • Vergence — Aiming both eyes together on a target as it moves closer/farther away

Andrea Cottos is an occupational therapist at In Harmony Pediatric Therapy. 770-345-2804. InHarmonyPediatricTherapy.com



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